Pop Vulture

Five Click-Worthy Videos on the Web

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Our weekly survey of Web videos runs the gamut from rabble-rousing to risque to totally random.

  • Dick Cheney discussing Iraq in 1994.

This month's top blood-boiler for those convinced that the war in Iraq is a failure is this C- SPAN video of the vice president offering relatively sage advice on toppling Saddam Hussein -- 13 years ago. Now if he only had heeded it in 2003.

The clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BEsZMvrq-I.

  • Trailer for "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters."

Having killed at the box office after opening on a mere five screens, Seth Gordon's documentary about a middle school science teacher and a hot-sauce impresario competing for the world-record score in the vintage arcade game Donkey Kong looks to be a surprise indie smash.

The clip: http://www.billyvssteve.com.

  • Bearforce1. Finally, there's a boy band for older, hairy gay men. The group's viral video features pastel polos, men showering in slo-mo and a burgeoning dance craze with lots of bicep flexing.

The clip: http://www.bearforce1.nl.

  • "Women in Film." Philip Scott Johnson is a financial analyst and database administrator who just happens to make wildly popular online videos in his spare time. The follow-up to his "Women in Art" -- which has been seen more than 5 million times -- takes you on a morphing tour of silver-screen sirens, from Mary Pickford to Halle Berry.

The clip: http://www. http://tinyurl.com/27fhve.

  • R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet," Chapters 13-22 (warning: strong language). The Independent Film Channel is showcasing the work of one of America's most original auteurs with new episodes of R. Kelly's "hip-hopera." It is impossible to tell where the R&B star's lack of self-consciousness ends and the irony begins.

The clip: http://www.ifc.com/static/sections/kelly/trapped.html.

-- Greg Zinman

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